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Public-Private Vision Drives Pa. Multi-Faceted Destination

The 1,600-acre Bethlehem Steel site in Bethlehem, Penn. is to the brownfields industry what the Drake Oil well in Titusville, Penn. is to the oil industry. The Bethlehem Steel site story is one of firsts, firsts that have impacted the region, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,… Read more

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Hoboken's One-Two Punch: Solving Density, Stormwater Dilemmas
Interim Use Strategies

Hoboken's One-Two Punch: Solving Density, Stormwater Dilemmas

The city of Hoboken, N.J. is saddled with an open space and expansion dilemma in what's historically a built-up urban footprint marked by acute density. City planners and private sponsors, however, are eternally seeking to flip that script and capitalize on various opportunities. To compound matters, the city of Hoboken is plagued by a dubious storm water management system that leads to significant environmental issues and flooding. An ambitious redevelopment initiative is helping write a new and compelling narrative for a city that's located in the shadow of New York City. Read more
Technology Drives Neighborhood Safety Revelation
Social Impact

Technology Drives Neighborhood Safety Revelation

Four years ago, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Media Lab developed a computer vision system that has the power to analyze street-level photos taken in urban neighborhoods in order to gauge how safe the neighborhoods would appear to human observers. Fast forward to 2017: In an attempt to identify factors that predict urban change, the MIT team and colleagues at Harvard University are now using the system to quantify the physical improvement or deterioration of neighborhoods in five American cities. According to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the system compared 1.6 million pairs of photos taken seven years apart. The r… Read more

Risk Management

Reverse Site Selection: An End-User Focused Redevelopment Strategy
Risk Management

Reverse Site Selection: An End-User Focused Redevelopment Strategy

For companies and communities alike, brownfields might be the most underused and misunderstood resource available. Many of brownfield properties are situated at key locations that once maximized their owners’ access… Read more
When the Indemnity Fails: Insurance as a Back-Stop
Risk Management

When the Indemnity Fails: Insurance as a Back-Stop

Access to capital and stricter lender underwriting standards are often cited as significant hurdles to buyers. Increasingly, environmental impairment liability insurance is being required by lenders as a condition of… Read more
Potential Risks in Redevelopment and Adaptive Reuse Projects
Risk Management

Potential Risks in Redevelopment and Adaptive Reuse Projects

Finding greenspace in older cities and highly developed areas present unique opportunities to develop new residential and commercial spaces. But the adaptive reuse of former industrial and warehouse properties offers… Read more


Urban

Toledo's 'Economic Heart' Is Beating Once Again
Urban Planning

Toledo's 'Economic Heart' Is Beating Once Again

Toledo has always been an auto town, making car parts ranging from Champion Sparkplugs to Libby-Owens-Ford windshields. Toledo's most iconic auto manufacturing product was the US military Jeep, started by… Read more
Facing the Challenges of Urban Construction: Boston's Brownfields
Urban Planning

Facing the Challenges of Urban Construction: Boston's Brownfields

For many years, construction boomed in Boston. Transportation projects such as the Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel project, known as the “Big Dig,” and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) Silverline… Read more
Granite Crossing: Big Step In Small Community's Re-growth
Urban Planning

Granite Crossing: Big Step In Small Community's Re-growth

Lithonia, Georgia, is a small community of fewer than 2,000 residents in DeKalb County, 19 miles east of Atlanta. The area is known for its abundance of granite, including nearby… Read more


Waterfront Redevelopment

On The Waterfront: A Business and Commerce Driver
Waterfront Redevelopment

On The Waterfront: A Business and Commerce Driver

The new generation design standard for urban waterfront communities shows a trend toward multi-phase developments. In addition, urban waterfront also serves as a mighty tourist draw for a good many… Read more

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